World Harmony Run visits China Grove students
Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 24, 2012
By Shavonne Potts
CHINA GROVE — What can travel to 48 states in four months and cover more than 10,000 miles? Runners with World Harmony Run.
Volunteers from the New York-based nonprofit spoke to a group of sixth-grade students Tuesday at China Grove Middle school.
Founded 24 years ago by Sri Chinmoy, the organization — formerly the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run — seeks to spread positivity, peace and understanding. It is also the world’s longest and largest relay run.
Runners not only travel throughout the United States, but by the end of their trek they will cover a total of 140 countries on seven continents and will have run more than 35,000 miles.
Not all of the runners will run the entire trip, but they will run in increments and others will join in the run along the way.
The group that visited China Grove Middle was made up of runners from the United States as well as Germany, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.
Runners performed skits and the World Harmony Run theme song. Each student was also allowed to touch the torch and “make a wish” before heading back to class.
Kara Steele, an 11-year-old student, said she enjoyed the presentation and thought it was very helpful.
“It teaches people that harmony is good and makes the world a better place,” she said.
Read more about World Harmony Run in Wednesday’s Salisbury Post.